September 11, 2008

ICC Awards 2008 Round Up

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West Indian Batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul bagged the ICC Player Of The Year. With this award, he is the fifth player to receive this prestigious award. He out did the other contenders in Greame Smith, Dale Steyn and Mahela Jayawardene.

South African Dale Steyn was awarded with the Test Player Of The Year. He was in a phenomenal form last year where he became the fastest to 50 test wickets. India’s ODI skipper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, was awarded the ICC ODI Player Of The Year. Even he has been in good touch steering his team home on many occations.

His deputy, Yuvraj Singh bagged the inaugral ICC T20 Player Of The Year for the six sixes that he hit in the T20 World Cup. The newest Spin Sensation, Ajantha Mendis ran away with the Emerging Player Of The Year Award for his splendid performance against the Indians. The Australian Umpire, Simon Taufel, got his fifth award as the Umpire Of The Year after being voted by all the Captains of the 10 member nations and the 8 match referees.

Sri Lanka received the award for Spirit Of Cricket for the second consecutive time for they have managed to behave very well on the field. English Skipper, Charlotte Edwards won the Women’s Player Of The Year after steering her team to a 4-0 win over the Indians. The ICC Test and ODI twelve have been announced and here is the list.

ICC Test Team of the Year : Greame Smith (SA, capt), Virender Sehwag (Ind), Mahela Jayawardene (SL), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (WI), Kevin Pietersen (Eng), Jacques Kallis (SA), Kumar Sangakkara (SL, wk), Brett Lee (Aus), Ryan Sidebottom (Eng), Dale Steyn (SA), Muttiah Muralitharan (SL). 12th man: Stuart Clark (Aus).

ICC ODI Team of the Year : Hershelle Gibbs (SA), Sachin Tendulkar (Ind), Ricky Ponting (Aus, capt), Younis Khan (Pak), Andrew Symonds (Aus), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Ind, wk), Farveez Maharoof (SL), Daniel Vettori (NZ), Brett Lee (Aus), Mitchell Johnson (Aus), Nathan Bracken (Aus). 12th man: Salman Butt (Pak)

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July 18, 2008

Yet Another Headingley Surprise

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Matches at Headingley has, most often than not, sprung a lot of surprises. But none like this. Out of no where, we have a debutant for England, Darren Pattinson. I was wondering how England Board had managed to retain the squad for such a long time ( 6 Tests to be precise ) and here we have the unexpected.

Here are a few questions which tell us that the selectors of the ECB have contradicted themselves.

  • He was called as a back-up for James Anderson. But then Anderson himself is playing and they’ve gone on to rest Ryan Sidebottom instead.
  • How do you fly in a player the night before the game and expect him to integrate with the team for the very first time at the big stage?
  • Have they given him enough time to get into the groove of fitting into the league of big guys? ( He’ll be 30 in a couple of weeks )
  • Why didn’t they go in for the tried and tested players like Steve Harminson, Simon Jones, Chris Tremlett, Kabir Ali or James Kirtley? These players give a wide range of options from ” Hit the deck ” bowlers to swing bowlers.
  • Will he be considered for the future tests also?
  • If swing was the choice, then why not Matthew Hoggard? He did well in the County this year and moreover it was his home ground and also the conditions were tailor made for him.

Clearly, a lot has been left unanswered. To top it all, Michael Vaughan had  himself admitted that he knew nothing much about the new comer. How’s that for a vote of confidence?

May 16, 2008

New Zealand Fail To Put Up A Good Show

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New Zealand’s batting has failed in the first test of the series. None of the New Zealand batsmen looked comfortable at the wicket and everyone walked in and walked out with the same speed. At one point of time it looked as though even 200 wouldn’t be possible and it was a possibilty that they could be bowled out on the first day itself.

Then walked in Brendon McCullum who had different plans. He played his natural game and stroked his way to a useful run a ball 97 before being bowled at the final minutes of the end of day’s play.This is the second time he’s getting out in the 90’s at this very same venue, the last time being in the 2004 tour. By the time he was out, he ensured that New Zealand’s score went past the 200 mark. Other than him, it was only Daniel Vettori who managed 48 runs. The second days play was very slow with loads of interruptions. But New Zealand were finally bowled out for 277 and English openers put on a fifty run stand to cap off the day. Ryan Sidebottom was England’s best bowler with figures of 4 for 55.

April 10, 2008

Zaheer Khan In Wisden’s Cricket Almanack

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Zaheer Khan, along with five other playerns namely Shivnarine Chaderpaul, Ryan Sidebottom, Ian Bell and Ottis Gibson have made it to the Wisden Cricket Almanack that was published recently. They were named based on their terrific performance for the County and for England. Ottis Gibson became the 79th County player to have picked all 10 wickets in one of the games. Kevin Pietersen has made it to the cover page of the Almanack.

February 12, 2008

How To Announce Yourself At The Big Stage? – Jesse Ryder (New Zealand)

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Well guys,check out this rookie from New Zealand.At first sight he won’t look a fit enough player.He would remind you of Inzamam-Ul-Haq who debuted in the 1992 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.You will tend to under-rate his ability.But make sure you don’t.

None of us knew about Jesse Ryder before the start of the ongoing Series between England and New Zealand in New Zealand.I actually watched the first T20 between these teams which the English won.I was very much impressed with a diving effort from Jesse Ryder at the boundary to take a catch which was dropped.It was a very tough chance and it would have been a great catch had he taken it.He ran about 20-25 metres to his right along the boundary and dived full-length in order to catch it.The ball was hit quite flat and hard.

When he came in to bat,he didn’t look so very impressive.Then I never got to see the second T20 and the first ODI.I just got to read that Jesse Ryder(79 runs off 62 balls) and Brendon McCullum(80 runs off 47 balls) gave New Zealand a healthy start.

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But I got to watch the second ODI today.The English were bowled out for a paltry 159 off 35.1 overs off their allotted 36 overs due to rain interruption.They initially batted beautifully to reach 85/2 off about 17 overs.But then they collapsed like a pack of cards.

The New Zealanders then walked into bat.The England players were on a roll and looked fired up.Ryan Sidebottom started off with a maiden over and was charging upto the Batsman.But then on,it was New Zealand all the way.Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder slaughtered the England bowlers as though they were playing a game against the school boys.

They offered a few chances but it wasn’t accepted.Soon both of them set foot on the accelerator and the scoreboard was ticking at an incredible rate.They scored at over 9 an over.Both,Jesse Ryder and Brendom McCullum displayed an array of shots filled with both brute force and sheer control.The revised target of 165 was achieved in 18.1 overs without losing any wicket.In due course they broke the Best Opening Partnership for New Zealand against England.

Though the match was completed very early,the crowd at Hamilton will have something to cherish about.They’ve got to see the rise of their new Hero,Jesse Ryder.Another good thing about this chap is that he doesn’t slog the ball.He plays perfect Cricketing shots.People,do check him out.He’s a treat to watch when in full flow.